of all accidents to the public are slips and trips.
All organisations have a duty of care to their employees or customers to provide a safe environment in which to work or take leisure.
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Risk assessments for Slips, Trips and Falls are therefore of paramount importance.
"The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 require floors to be suitable, in good condition and free from obstructions. People must be able to move around safely.
Research carried out by the HSL, in conjunction with the UK Slip Resistance Group (UKSRG) and the British Standards Institution, has shown that commercially available, portable scientific test instruments can accurately assess the slipperiness of flooring materials."
(Assessing the Slip Resistance of Flooring - The HSE)
"The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 requires employers to ensure the health and safety of all employees and anyone affected by their work, so far as is reasonably practicable, which means balancing the level of risk against the measures needed to control the risk in terms of money, time or trouble. This includes taking steps to control slip and trip risks."
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HSWA)
"Build on the HSWA and include duties on employers to assess risks (including slip and trip risks) and take action where necessary"
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (Regulation 3)